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2015-16 Conference Champs

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JJacobsJohn T. Jacobs

Raised in Peabody, Kansas. Earned eight varsity letters in track, football, and basketball at Peabody High School. Football team was 25-1 from sophomore season on. Anchored mile relay team to state championship in senior year.

Graduated in 1959.

Participated and lettered in track for three years and football for four years at Baker under coaches Karl Spear and Jim Irick. Played offense and defense in football and twice broke Baker single-game rushing mark. Baker was the nation’s best offensive team that season, and also ranked in the nation’s top-10 in rushing offense, total defense, and rushing defense. Wildcat football teams were 29-7, outscoring opponents 313-27 in Jacobs’ four years.

Twice led KCAC in rushing and twice was named all-conference on both offense and defense. Two-time honorable mention Methodist All-American. Selected to Little All-American Academic team and NAIA All-American honorable mention team. Twice ranked in top-15 rushers in nation.

Anchored mile relay team sophomore year to conference and school record. Second at conference in individual 440 yard run sophomore year.

Recipient of Goetz Athletic Award senior year. Class President and Popularity King senior year. Member of Delta Tau Delta, B club and Business Roundtable. Honor roll five semesters. Received Bachelor of Arts degree in 1963, Master of Business Administration from Indiana University in 1965 and Master of Liberal Arts from Baker in 1990.

Served on Baker Alumni Board in 1960s. Serves as director of retail marketing at Abbey Press in St. Meinrad, Ind. Interests include gardening and marathon running. Resides with wife Nancy (Keirns), ’62, in Santa Claus, Ind. Daughters are Nicki and Michele.


Nomination Procedures

Anyone is eligible to write an open letter of nomination regarding an individual they believe to be worthy of induction to the Baker University Athletic Hall of Fame. The nominations must be received by December 31 to be considered for induction during the next calendar year. Once an individual is nominated, he or she remain in an active file for review by the Hall of Fame Selection Committee. The selection committee sends recommendations in the spring to the President of the University for final approval for fall induction.

Nominating Categories

- Former Baker University athletes

- Current and former coaches or athletic administrators

- Meritorious service to the Baker University athletic programs

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